Whether you’ve only recently decided to seek out capital for your business or you have already received (or made) your first offer, the term sheet (or “letter of intent”) is an integral part of the process. In this series we’ll look to shed some light on the legal language contained in a financing term sheet by taking a “deep dive” into the most often used terms and how choices made in selecting those terms can affect both the Company and the Investor. Check out an overview here.
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When you take out a home loan or put money on your credit card, it is on the understanding that the bank (or other institution) lending you money will expect something back for the trouble. In the case of a traditional loan instrument that “payback” comes in the form of interest, generally described as a percentage of the amount initially lent (or “principal”).
In the equity financing world, the “payback” concept is instead captured by the notion of the “dividend”, or right to receive funds from a company solely because of the stock that you hold.
Let’s take a look at a few of the options.
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